Zero VOC paints.

When looking to refresh your home’s look, repainting can brighten up a room’s look quickly. First, though, you may want to explore the option of using zero VOC [Volatile Organic Compound] paint.

elementary speaking, VOC’s are the odor you smell when repainting a room. Ingredients react with other elements in the air to produce the strong scent of paint, which can result in a headache or feeling light-headed. While you may think that this is a temporary problem, in fact, VOC fumes are released over the course of years. In fact, only 50% of VOC fumes are given off during the first 12 months, meaning you breath these harmful chemicals every day.

Paint is composed of three primary parts: the dye, the binding agent that binds the paint to your walls, and solvents that keep the paint in a liquid form. This last ingredient evaporates, leaving the color pigmentation bound to walls. When made with oil-bases, VOC levels are higher than water-based paints. Therefore, aim for a VOC level less than 10 g/L

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How are you doing with your springtime checklist?

Springtime Checklist

Spring is in the air, I can hear the birds chirping. Slight chill in the morning but the sun is warming up the earths surface and shedding light upon us. A lovely day it is to get started with our curb appeal as we walk around and see what the weather has done to our homes. So many things we could do, want to do and will eventually do yet without a checklist or plan it’ll seem overwhelming or daunting.

Don’t over or under do it.

If you don’t plan to keep your home too long don’t put too much of you into it. A pink house will not have the same turnout as a neutral tone home with less to offer. Of course if this is where you plan to be until your last days, do as you wish or will. Not only is the “to do list” important but the “don’t do anymore list” sits high as well. Within the kitchen, bathroom and basement lies a great investment and often a money pit if we don’t realize when to move on to the next project. I have to say that in today’s market it’s very hard to recoup anything yet to make someone interested in viewing your property we must make it attractive from the first site.

Furnishing the toolbox. Tape measures.

Cheap tape measures have never been the ticket for me. preferably I use Stanley and I don’t say this because they’re sliding me a check but because to me their sturdy and long lasting. There’s no check being slid to me at all except for when the jobs I’m ask to do is done correctly. FatMax is a line made by Stanley that has a coated blade and will stand out 8-10′ before it folds and crinkles. The price difference goes from $9 to $25 bit it’s worth it.

Invest in you and better your investment.

As we purchase a home to live in or for rental purposes we should also invest in ourselves. When I speak of an investment in self, I’m referring to an acquiring a knowledge base of what we have purchased and what it’ll take to maintain its value and general upkeep. The more you do with your home which can consist of simple weekend projects, theirs you’ll learn about yourself and your property as well.
I’ll never be able to stress enough the importance of purchasing tools and become familiar with when and how to use them. The only way to acquire the understanding of the tools is through application which will stem from reading , watching and asking questions.
You may have a reliable contractor that does all of your work yet you’ll save money when he does only some of your work. I’d your goal is to het to the point where a contractor does almost none of your work, I want to assist you. It’s like learning math. Through addition we learned to multiply and through learning your tools you’ll learn carpentry. Do I know it all, NO yet I constantly read and study new ways and ask fellow carpenters and tradesmen questions. This is a journey from which there is no return. Come enjoy it, the art is on the start.

No inspections? Seriously?

Speaking with a middle aged couple the other day a friend of a friend about a recent home renovation they had done and we come across an issue. They told me of some problems they were having and when I asked “Did you get any inspections?”, they looked at me strange. Paying good money for the remodel of a kitchen, bathroom and basement yet not one inspection. Before the wall goes up before anything was covered, inspections should have took place. Many contractors will not get a permit and go the process and it’s because of the contractor usually doesn’t have his paperwork in order, has something to hide or they don’t agree with the cost which on turn will cost the homeowner in the long run. Protect yourself, do the research and ask questions of those already in the business.